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Lean the F*ck Out

Nov 14, 2017

In this episode we talked with Nicole Carrier, co-founder of Throwback Brewery, New Hampshire’s only 100% women-owned brewery about growing a brewery. Nicole shares with us how she and her co-founder started the brewery, how they funded the venture and their expansion from a nano-brewery to full brewhouse located on an historic farm property. Nicole talks about what it takes to run a craft brewing operation and full restaurant on an historic farm. Nicole also shares her experiences being a female brewery owner in a male dominated industry.

Growing a Brewery Episode Highlights

  • Starting and expanding a brewing business
  • How they funded the business
  • How they keep organized in a business with lots of moving parts
  • Managing a partnership
  • Going from side hustle to full time entrepreneur
  • Being a female in a male dominated field

About Nicole Carrier

Nicole is co-founder of Throwback Brewery — New Hampshire’s only 100% women-owned brewery. Like many co-founders, Nicole wears many hats including Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, social media, technology, and business strategy. Nicole and Annette Lee started Throwback in 2010 as a way to combine their two passions — brewing great beer and supporting local agriculture. Before starting Throwback Brewery, Nicole home brewed for over 10 years. Nicole has a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Economics and Math, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth. She is also a former IBM executive. She is currently President of the New Hampshire Brewers Association.

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Lean the F*ck Out Launch Kit

As mentioned in this episode, download the free Lean the F*ck Out Launch Kit. If you are thinking about starting a business or side hustle but aren’t quite sure where to start or how to push things forward, our kit gives you tools and inspiration to start thinking like a fempreneur and begin designing the life YOU want! The kit includes a guided meditation to help you figure out your vision, a budget worksheet to see what you need financially to make a go of it, daily practices including printable worksheets and daily affirmations to help you keep your head up when your confidence is waning. Again, it’s free and it’s available at